Review: Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren

TitleTough Love
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 3/21/15
Length:  120 pages
Series: Stripped #0.5


A story about the sacrifices we make for love…

I sneak out of my room every night. My father’s guards don’t see me. My sister doesn’t see me.

No one sees me, except him.

He’s the son of a mafia foot soldier. My father is the boss. I shouldn’t even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn’t kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won’t stop me from trying.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.

My Thoughts

Reading this after reading the first book in the story doesn’t actually hurt anything, but what it does is give us context to the moments that changed the lives of both Honor and Clara. We remember meeting them in Tanglewood when they’ve run away from the life they knew, from the fear that they had living in their father’s world and being subjected to whatever decisions were being made on their behalf. It’s a sad existence, a scary one, and it was really nice to see how Honor and Clara took control. Or Tried.

In this prologue novella of sorts, we get to see how Clara was living her life in the weeks leading up to their escape. To see what kind of girl she was living in a world where she had hints that she wasn’t ‘one of them’ and yet she had no choice but to be what they expected her to be. She had a rebellious side that brought her closer to Gio, one of the ‘soldiers’ in her father’s army and that came with it’s own risks for her and him.

The timing of this story is all around the engagement for Honor and Byron – a man that we learned was absolutely no good for her. He has motivations that tie not only to Honor but to Clara as well and we watch how those plans are slowly being put into place. What he doesn’t expect, what no one expects is that Honor and Clara have the guts to run, the means to run, and when they do…..the story unfolds.

So on that note, young love, hope and a desire for freedom are really what kicks this series off for us. Enjoy!

Review: Tough Love by Ava Sterling

Title: Tough Love
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 6/10/17
Length:   17 Pages


Lingerie is Kate’s ultimate weakness. That, and spanking.

The spanking kink between Kate and Colin started years ago, and it’s only heated up since then. But with Colin away at a conference, Kate falls back into her old ways of overspending on lingerie. The lingerie is mostly a gift for him, after all.

The only problem is the budget and the credit card interest. As soon as Colin gets home, he’ll likely be upset, and what better way to dole out his punishment than bending his fiancée over his knee?

My Thoughts

I have to of course thank our amazing author for sharing this story with me – I honestly don’t know she’s able to come up with so many unique story lines across so many different categories within the erotica genre. It’s impressive!

In this sweet novella, we have a couple who’s very much in love, very devoted to each other, and a couple that has figured out how to survive the tests that life and time throw at them. In this instance, it was the introduction of a means to correct Kate’s bad behavior, a punishment of sorts. But for anyone who’s into BDSM, or light play, spanking is clearly not about punishment, but about pleasure. And that’s what we get to see Kate discover and enjoy.

Where spanking leads is always a hot hot scene – both for the spank-er as well as the spank-ee. Colin is clearly well versed in the best way to prep, tease and perform an amazing spanking, and while it may not exactly get Kate to behave how he wants (i mean, you have to understand the pleasure that you can get out of a good spanking), he gets to experience something amazing and fulfilling with her, and vice versa.

They both get exactly what they need, as does the reader i’d imagine, and we have another story that leaves us wondering is spanking as far as they’ll go? Is there potential for more? Is Colin really more a dominant and that could be something that they choose to play out? I guess only in our imaginations will we find out. Enjoy!